Million dollar league: Pro League’s back with big pay-out and new teams
Trinidad and Tobago’s Digicel Pro League football competition will offer a $1 million first prize to its champion club for the 2013/14 season, which kicks off at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Friday 13 September.
The first prize is more than double last season’s cash award of $400,000, which was won by Defence Force, while the overall prize money available stands at $2,000,000.
The Pro League will have two new teams for this season with founding member San Juan Jabloteh and Point Fortin Football Club both returning to the domestic top flight competition.
Jabloteh, who missed the 2012/13 season as it recovered from the loss of title sponsor CLICO, is led by former youth coach Keith Jeffrey while Point Fortin, formerly known as Point Fortin Civic Centre, is steered by former national standouts Steve David (technical director) and Reynold Carrington (coach). T&TEC FC has withdrawn from the competition, which leaves the Pro League with nine participating teams.
Defending champions Defence Force will kick off the new season from 6 pm on Friday against Central FC while Point Fortin faces Police FC at 8 pm in the second match of a Couva double header.
And, on Saturday, DIRECTV W Connection faces St Ann’s Rangers from 5 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium while Caledonia AIA tackles North East Stars from 7 pm at the same venue. Jabloteh enjoys a bye this week.
Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene assured fans that several games this season will be played on community grounds.
Pro League Round One Fixtures
(Friday September 13)
Defence Force vs Central FC, 6 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium
Police FC vs Point Fortin FC, 8 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium
(Saturday September 14)
W Connection vs St Ann’s Rangers, 5 pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium
Caledonia AIA vs North East Stars, 7 pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium
San Juan Jabloteh on a bye